Book Review – A Lucky Child

A Lucky ChildA Lucky Child
Written By: Thomas Buergenthal
Forward By: Elie Wiesel
Published By: Little, Brown and Company an Imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2009, First Edition, 256 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0316043403
Top Pick

A Lucky Child is the deeply compelling, straightforward story of a boy’s survival in Auschwitz; he retained his humanity despite the horrors surrounding him on a daily basis.”

Product Description – From
“Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.
Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.”

The Lucky Child is a poignant memoir, allowing the reader to envision and feel all of the emotions and terror that Thomas (as a young boy) must have felt, while at the same time, maintaining a more detached approach (less gruesome) then many of the Holocaust books I have previously read. I was instantly drawn into this story and pulled into the absorbing narrative; this story is absolutely riveting! This smoothly flowing story has perfect momentum and keeps the reader’s interest from beginning to end. Thomas’ invaluable story really brought the Holocaust ‘home’, to me. As the reader visualizes what life was like for this young boy (and many others like him) during those horrendous times, it makes his experiences even more vivid and heartbreaking. I don’t want to give away any part of this book because it is Thomas’ unforgettable story to tell; only he can properly share with you the misery, wretchedness and the desolation that he felt while he was imprisoned.  Included in this book are 16 beautiful, black & white photographs and a black & white map (2 full pages).You simply MUST read this book!
I very highly recommend this book to everyone!!!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!

Link to Information about the Author:
Link to the Publisher’s Website:

** To watch a video interview with Thomas, please click here.

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


17 thoughts on “Book Review – A Lucky Child

  1. Nice review. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. I have a copy coming through Early Reviewers at LibraryThing and I’m really looking forward to it.

  2. Hi Sandra,

    Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed the review.
    I’m so happy that you are getting a copy of this memoir; it is such a stirring story that I think everyone should read.
    Please let me know when you have your review posted up so I can read it. :-)

  3. Hi Anna (diaryofaneccentric),

    It was for sure! Thank you for linking my review to your own.
    Two more books that I have read and reviewed about the Holocaust are Eyewitness Auschwitz, Three Years in the Gas Chambers by Filip Muller; reviewed here and Five Chimneys, A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel; reviewed here.

    Please feel free to add all three of these reviews to the list of book reviews that you mentioned. :-)

  4. Hi Nelson Logan,

    Thank you so very much for bringing this story to our attention!!
    It’s distressing that so many accounts from the Holocaust never get published; it’s so important to tell each person’s story and share what they suffered through, saw and overcame… so that we learn from the past.
    I hope that someone in this family will have this autobiography published so that the masses will also have access to it.
    Thank you once again for sharing this link with us; I can’t wait to read it!

  5. A “Thank You” to Bobbie Crawford-McCoy for the response. I wish that the Moshe Kantorowitz autobiography could be published. Moishe wrote it first in Yiddish and then translated to English and posted it in PDF format on the web. My first wife, Rachel Kantorowitz, was born a year after Moishe [1925}. Rachel and Moshe share a common Great-Great-Grandfather.

    Yaakov Koppel Kantorovitch (1805-?)

    Shevach Kantorovitch (1830-1890)

    Yaahov Koppel Kantorovitch (1868-1943)

    Isaac Kantorovitch (1892-1943)

    Moishe Kantorovitch (1924-

    Rachel’s Family

    Yaakov Koppel Kantorovitch (1805-?)

    Yehoshua Betzalel Kantorovitch (1825-1885)

    Moses Kantorovitch (1850-1921)

    Isaac Kantorovitch (1889-1973)

    Rachel Kantorovitch (1925

    Moishe’s Great-Grandfather remained in Belarus, whereas the Great-Grandfather of Rachel immigrated to Palestine in the 1870s. Moishe was living in Toronto a few years back. Note the title of his autobiography: “MY MOTHER’S BEQUEST: FROM SHERSHEV TO AUSCHWITZ TO NEWFOUNDLAND”.

    I have tried to interest publishers in his story, but no success to date.

  6. I looked further and found that Moishe Kantorowitz died a month short of his 85th birthday [probably January 2008] and his son has an orbiturary at

    Remembering Moishe Kantorowitz: Holocaust Survivor
    By Kenneth Kantorowitz

    My father, Moishe Kantorowitz was born on February 6, 1923 in the Jewish shtetl, Shereshev in Lithuania. He was niftir, just 1 week short of his 85th birthday. During his lifetime he lived through some of the most tumultuous times that have affected the Jewish people. 51 members of his immediate family—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were slaughtered in the Holocaust. Dad was the only surviving member of his family from the Shoah.

  7. Hi Nelson,

    You are most welcome for my interest in Remembering Moishe Kantorowitz: Holocaust Survivor by Kenneth Kantorowitz.
    I hope to see it published one day in paperback or hardcover!
    Thank you for providing all of this extra information; I’m sure it will help others connect to the story and will help trace Moishe’s lineage.



  8. The challenge is going great! We have over 80 participants, and some publishers and authors have donated WWII-related books for the post-challenge giveaway. We’re already planning next year’s challenge, which will focus on books about the Vietnam war. Maybe you’ll consider joining us. :)


  9. Hi Anna,

    Super, I’m so glad to hear it!! If I had the time I would have joined the challenge as well; sadly I don’t have the extra time right now.
    That’s fantastic! I bet it’s wonderful to be a part of it all.
    Who knows eh? I might be able to participate in next year’s challenge; I hope that you send me an invitation when you are all set up for the next one. :)
    Take care and thanks again for adding my reviews to the challenge.

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